Mixcraft includes a large suite of real-time audio effects that can be applied to audio clips or virtual instruments. These are usually referred to as “plug-ins.”
To add effects to any Audio Track or Virtual Instrument Track, click the FX button to open the Effect List window.
Now click the <Select An Effect> drop-down menu and choose an effect.
Once you’ve selected an effect, the Effect List should look something like this:
Effects can be toggled on or off by clicking the green check mark to the left of the effect name. The check mark next to Effect toggles all effects on and off. (See Effects Chains below.) This allows auditioning of effects without losing settings.
Click <Select An Effect> to add new effects, or click an existing effects name to replace an effect with a different one.
The Preset drop-down menu lets you select from included presets. These are very handy for speedy mix setups (or if you’re not sure how to operate a particular effect).
The Edit button opens the effect’s user interface for individual parameter tweaking.
This removes an effect and returns its slot to the <Select An Effect> dialog.
To edit an effect’s individual parameters, click the Edit button to the right of the effect name.
Below we’ve opened the Kjaerhus Audio Classic Compressor plug-in
Every effect will have a unique user interface and controls, but the top section will be the same for all effects in Mixcraft. Let’s go over these:
Exactly the same as the Active/Inactive checkbox in the Effect List window, just replicated in the effect interface for convenience.
MIDI Map Parameters Gear
This opens the MIDI Mapping for an effect. This is used to assign hardware controllers to plug-in parameters.
(See pg. 51. "Mapping A Hardware Control To a Plug-In Effect Parameter".)
Allows selection of Mixcraft and user presets. This is the same as the preset selection menu in the Effect List window.
Load VST Preset File (VSTi Plug-Ins only)
Some VST effect and instrument manufacturers will distribute additional banks of sounds in the form of .fxb files. These files replace current presets with a new presets.
Save A New Preset
Saves the current plug-in settings to a new preset. You’ll be prompted to enter a preset name. The preset will then appear in the preset list.
Remove A Selected Preset
Permanently removes the currently selected preset. Factory presets cannot be deleted.
Note: If a track is frozen, its effects will not be editable until the track is unfrozen.
Display Virtual Instruments and Effects, Right Now!
Right-clicking a channel’s FX button instantly displays the user interface for all effects on a channel, skipping the Effects List Window. This is really handy if you’ve already decided on which effects are to be used and just want to
This works exactly the same for Virtual Instruments by right-
clicking a track’s Virtual Instrument button.
To hide all effects or Virtual Instruments for a channel, press CTRL
+ right-click on the "fx" button.
A series of effects can be configured in the Effect List window by adding effects using the <Select An Effect> dialog.
To rearrange the order of effects in a chain, simply click on an effect anywhere in the list and drag it to the desired location in the chain. It’s easiest to do on the left side as the cursor will turn into up/down arrows, and you won’t risk accidentally clicking something else.
Mixcraft includes many useful effects chains that are optimized for common applications. To load an effects chain, click on the Effects Chain drop-down menu at the top of the Effect List window. To search for effects chains with a particular term (“drums” for example), simply type in a keyword next to the magnifying glass icon. You can add as many effects as desired to an Effects Chain.
The icons to the right of the Effects Chain drop-down menu perform the following operations:
Save A New Preset
Saves the current Effects Chain setup to a new preset. You’ll be prompted to enter a preset name. The presets will then appear in the Effects Chain presets.
Remove A Selected Preset
Permanently removes the currently selected preset. Careful with this guy! (You’ll get an, “Are you sure?” prompt.)
This clears all current effects if you’d like to start with a clean slate.
This is the effect insert on the Main Mix bus. Use this for adding master effects to be applied to the entire mix such as bus compression, EQ, volume maximizers, etc.
Master Effects can be edited either by clicking the FX button in the transport area.
Master FX can also be edited by clicking the Main Mix FX button in the Mixer tab:
... or by clicking the FX button in the Master Track in the track list (if currently displayed):
If you’ve installed a third-party VST effect and you’re not seeing it Mixcraft’s effects menu, you'll need to add the VST effect folder.
Select Preferences>Plug-Ins and click the Edit VST/VSTi Folders button.
Click the Add... button, navigate to the VST effect in Windows Explorer, and click OK. If you’re not sure where the new VST plug-in is, click the Auto-Scan For VST/VSTi Directories button for assistance finding VST plug-ins.